Thursday, September 30, 2010


Just had my first roof installed.

I've owned a few houses over the years but never really had to face replacing ALL of the shingles and a lot of rotted wood underneath. Yikes.

Hint: get a good local company that's recommended by people you know.

As you gather estimates, be sure to check out Homewerx , a family-owned roofing business in Summerville since 2002. They won my contract and my respect.

Billy Martin, the owner, was up on my roof Tuesday at 8:30am with his crew. He also was there when the job was completed at 6:00pm that evening.

Mr. Martin told me that All the jobs have to pass HIS inspection.

I like that. And the fact he had selected the one dry day in a series of rainy one to launch - and complete - my roof in the same day.

"We watch Doppler closer than any weather man in Charleston, " he laughed.

About three hours after starting, the crew had removed five outmoded spinning ventilators, a short brick chimney and stripped off the shingles, felt and tar paper. Sheets of plywood were cut to replace areas that needed repairs. Duh. You don't put a new roof over a bad foundation.

Good planning - around noon, a large truck rumbled around the corner with a huge crane stored across the top.

The driver used a portable control box, pushed levers and walked around for the best sight lines as he hoisted pallets of supplies to the peak of the roof.

I guess I thought shingles were lugged up a ladder.

The rat-a-tat-tat of many hammers was replaced with a single nail gun for the shingles.

The team worked smoothly together, capping the job with a ridge vent the length of the house.

Two large loaded dumpsters were hauled away and a leaf blower cleaned sawdust and debris.

A strong magnet was wheeled around the house, picking up stray nails that had missed the blue tarps that had surrounded the house.

My brand new roof is completed and guaranteed.

When I turn 101 years old, I'll climb up a ladder to see how well that 30-year guarantee has held up.

(As usual, click on the photos - twice - to see amazing detail. This turned out to be a very pleasant business experience. I've heard horror stories of jobs taking 2 days and 5 days. Good grief!)

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At Mon Jun 27, 08:19:00 AM , Anonymous Galliena Gornet said...

Well, you know what they say: there's a fine line between seeing them personally and just knowing them. Based on what you've just said, it must have been really hard. But it's good to see that you've managed to finish it, right?

At Tue Jul 05, 09:35:00 AM , Anonymous Drew Hohmann said...

There's a first time for everything. It's understandable that you had a hard time with it, but it's still amazing how you managed to pull it off, so there's nothing to worry about.

At Mon Dec 03, 12:33:00 PM , Anonymous Vernie Herr said...

A shingle replacement in one day? That was fast! I think that you are quite lucky to have a very capable roofer. He seems to know what he is doing and he has a system on how to get things done. Well, you can check your roof from time to time and marvel on how these men were able to do it in a short period of time.

At Mon Dec 03, 03:46:00 PM , Blogger Chantay said...

Wow! That was fast, right? You had your roof replaced in just one day? Guess that’s what excellent roofers can do – provide fast and quality service! I hope your roof will last for a long time. Good luck!

-Chantay Smithingell

At Wed Dec 19, 12:09:00 PM , Anonymous Willie Norman said...

Thanks for the hint, Chucker! I do agree with you on choosing a qualified and capable roofing contractor to do the work. They surely know what to do and how to do it! And in your case, I think you found one that you can trust!


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